My hope is that this blog will be a conduit for conversation between you and me, between you and others, and most importantly, between you and God. Experience has shown me that my best conversations with the Lord and with others come coupled with the stillness of morning and a cup of coffee. Whatever your experience has been, I hope you will join me as I share what God puts on my heart.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

How this ends.

I've written lately about the difficult season of life.  The season that feels unending. The season that leaves you dilapidated and numb.

I won't claim to feel the paralysis you experience.  I can't pretend to understand the isolation you feel. But I absolutely can remind you of what I know.

And I know how this ends.  

Because we are more than conquerors through Christ who loves us.

Because in Christ, we have life to the full.

Because God began a good work in us and will carry it to completion.

Because in all things, God is working for the good of us who love Him and have been called according to His glorious purpose.

Because God has given us everything we need for life and godliness. 

We know, we know, we know how this story ends.  Hold tight during this intermission. 

"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?...No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us."  (Romans 8:35, 37 NIV).

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." (John 10:10 NIV).

"Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." (Philippians 1:6 NIV).

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28 NIV).

"[H]is divine power hath granted unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that called us by his own glory and virtue." (2 Peter 1:3 ASV).

I'll leave this here for you. ;)

Much love to you,


Thursday, April 2, 2015

At His word.

It's been a tough yet rewarding season of late. It's been a season full of pain and fruit. It's been a season where I take God at His word when nothing around me looks like that word.

I won't pretend to be experiencing a life-threatening trial--I'm thankful to say I'm not.  But regardless of the degree of darkness, what I've learned is equally true. 

This challenging season has exposed a lie that pervaded much of my faith in Christ: I can claim God's promises while dictating how those promises look in my life.  And so it went--God is healer only when He heals me right now or how I want. God is present only when I feel spiritual. God loves me only when I feel holy. God is good only when everything is going well. 

Faith premised on these lies is really no faith at all. Until I addressed these lies, Christ's peace in my life was superficial. Yet these lies were so pretty and clean. Surrendering these comforting lies--lies that God's faithfulness and goodness should always look like I want them to look--meant genuinely accepting that God is accomplishing His work in ways beyond my glib notions, ways that often appear ugly and unmanageable.

We can only claim and expect God's word in the present if we relinquish control of how God's word is effected. If God's word is only true when God manifests Himself or works in the way we expected, we have sold God's work in and through us remarkably short.

I refuse to miss God's work and goodness because circumstances fail to align with my ideas.

God is still healer when I'm not yet healed.  God is still present when I feel empty or dark.  God still loves me when I am dejected.  God is still good when I am in anguish. 

Right now, I'm taking God at his word--and it looks vastly different than I initially wanted.  But I trust in and expect God's goodness because it is no longer bridled by my elementary ideas. Christ has supplanted my crippling expectations with hope in an ineffable God.

I pray this is true for you.

"Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits--who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's." Psalm 103:1-5 (NIV).

This sweet little concoction is tried and true. And if you're feeling cocky, sprinkle some cinnamon on it. You can thank me later.

Much love to you,